A Mindset for Excellence with Dr. Jesse Michel, Houston Astros, Mental Skills Coordinator

Jesse Michel is currently in his second season at the helm of Houston Astros Mental Skills Program.  As the Mental Skills Coordinator for the 2017 World Series champions, Jesse helps ensure the players, coaches, and staff are mentally prepared to compete at their best every single day. He has spearheaded the efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive Mental Training Program for the organization, and is an integral part of the player development staff for the major league and minor league teams.

Prior to his role with the Astros, Jesse was the Lead Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert for Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) at Schofield Barracks in Oahu, HI. While in Hawaii, worked with Soldiers to develop the same mental skills and techniques that elite athletes and use to excel on and off the field.

Jesse has a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology and M.A. in Community Counseling from West Virginia University, a M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Ithaca College, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently listed on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

In this interview, Jesse and Cindra talk about:

  • His approach to failure
  • What happens when we think about the wrong thing at the wrong time
  • How there is a mental component in everything we do
  • The bell curve of mental toughness
  • The science of performance enhancement

You can contact Dr. Michel at mindsetforexcellence.com or on Twitter @JesseDMichel and Cindra on Twitter at @Mentally_Strong.



“Fail is just another four letter word. It’s how you interpret that failure and perceive that failure that really determines what you’re going to learn from it.”@JesseDMichel
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“My passion comes down to allowing athletes to reach their potential,”@JesseDMichel
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“Nobody is expecting a player to do perfect across the board, but we are always expecting that they should have a growth mindset and to want to improve.” @JesseDMichel
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“Train yourself to see failures as opportunities as opposed to threats.”@JesseDMichel
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“It’s our job to meet our athletes where they are at. To get an understanding of who they are in their context and in their environment, what their sport is like and what the demands are like physically and mentally.”@JesseDMichel
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